Our engineering team is led by Lucy Aitchison who has over 15 years experience in solar PV. We employ a team of 15 electrical and mechanical engineers many of whom are chartered. She is supported by our Technical Director, Rolf Oldach and our Engineering Manager, Duncan Brewer.
To speak to one of our engineers please contact the Reading office on 0118 997 7470.
Lucy Aitchison, Engineering Director
Lucy studied Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Birmingham University and is a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology. She has worked in the solar PV industry since 1998.
Lucy has managed renewable energy installation projects for over fifteen years, including all of the technologies installed by Photon (PV solar panels, solar thermal and wind turbines).
She is responsible for Photon’s engineering team and applies her extensive project management experience in training our dedicated engineers and overseeing the design of our systems.
Jonathan Bates, Founding Director and General Manager
Jonathan studied Chemical Engineering at University College London and went on to complete his PhD at the University of Northumbria’s Newcastle Photovoltaics Applications Centre in 1992.
He has worked in the renewable energy industry ever since – as an engineer at the Halcrow Group and as a senior engineer and director at IT Power, a leading renewable energy R&D consultancy. He is now a Director and General Manager at Photon Energy, where he is responsible for the business planning, as well as sales and marketing activities.
Jonathan is well respected in the solar PV community, serving as a board member of the UK’s Solar Trade Association and deputy chairman of the STA’s PV Technical Working Group. He is also a member of the PV Technical Committee for the Micro-generation Certification Scheme. He is a member of the Energy Institute and a Chartered Engineer.
Michael Holmes, Installations Director
Michael completed a full electrical apprenticeship and workied his way to site foreman before joining Parkman Property consultancy as an Assistant Engineer. He then joined R Dunham Electrical as Contracts Manager where he was responsible for managing projects up to a value of £1 million.
He installed his first solar PV system in 1999 at Mabley Street in Hackney working with colleagues at IT Power.
Michael is responsible for overseeing the work of our installations teams and is responsible for our on-site heath and safety and quality control of our installations.
Rolf Oldach, Technical Director
Rolf has over twenty years’ technical experience of all aspects of renewable energy systems, having worked on solar PV and other renewable energy projects in Europe and several developing countries.
At Photon Energy he is responsible for procurement and leads the finance department. Before joining the company he was a senior engineer at energy consultancy IT Power, responsible for grid-connected and off-grid PV and wind projects. He has also worked in Siemens Solar’s PV systems R&D department.
His experience spans the development of technical specifications for grid-connected and off-grid PV systems; supervising installations; trouble shooting and commissioning; performance monitoring and analysis; evaluation of PV installations in the field; system and component testing including assessment of PV test facilities; and renewable energy training.
Jenny Palfreyman, Senior Engineer
Jenny graduated from Sheffield University with 1st Class Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has held chartered status with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers since 2013.
Her role includes preparing proposals for solar PV installations and managing the installation of these systems, with a focus on commercial projects. She is responsible for carrying out the detailed design, procurement and management of projects and has been responsible for some of Photon’s largest projects to date including the 1MW system for Hitachi Rail.
Jenny is also a deputy quality management representative with responsibility for managing and maintaining the Quality Management System to meet the requirements of BSEN ISO 9001 and the Micro-generation Certification Scheme as well as overseeing internal and external audits.
Abu Luswata, Senior Engineer
Abu has been with Photon Energy since May 2011 upon graduation from the University of Nottingham with a first Class in MSc. Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship. Having excelled as a Project Engineer, he was promoted to a Senior Engineer in 2015. He is a Member of the IET and working towards a Chartered status.
With a primary focus on commercial roof top solar PV installations, his role includes detailed commercial PV project design, project planning and management, grid connection applications and liaison with DNOs, equipment specification and procurement, the coordination of Photon Energy’s installation teams and subcontractors, pre-contract liaison with clients/architects and training new engineers on Photon Energy’s Integrated Management System to ensure full compliance with BS EN ISO 14001:2015 certification.
Abu has played a leading project management role in approximately 4 MWp PV installations including a recent 463 kWp roof top PV system on new build BSkyB Campus in West London.